Third Mainland Bridge: 48 hours total closure commenced Friday night.

In line with the daily announcement of the proposed closure of the Third Mainland Bridge from midnight of Friday 19th, to midnight of Sunday 21st February, 2021, the total closure of the bridge has commenced last night.

In line with the daily announcement of the proposed closure of the Third Mainland Bridge from midnight of Friday 19th, to midnight of Sunday 21st February, 2021, the total closure of the bridge has commenced last night.

According to the release of the closure earlier signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, he mentioned that the bridge will be shut off completely from vehicular movement to enable the contractor to set the expansion joint concrete without vibrations caused by vehicular movement in order to achieve the desired strength of the concrete.

He also said that the concrete would require between three to four days to set in before the preparations to finally re-open the entire bridge to traffic, adding that the casting was also slated for weekend to reduce traffic congestion along the axis for motorists.

The Commissioner advised Motorists from Ogudu, Alapere and Gbagada to use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu and Yaba as alternative routes, while Iyana Oworoshoki-bound traffic from Lagos-Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle and Yaba are enjoined to use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu and Ikorodu Road as alternative routes.

Oladeinde assured that Traffic Management Personnel have been deployed along the affected routes to minimise and address any traffic impediments during the closure.

Commending Lagosians for their patience and cooperation towards developing the State, the Commissioner affirmed that the projects are in line with the actualisation of the Smart City vision.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

During the visit, the delegation expressed their condolences for the seven service men killed in the crash of a Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja.